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  • Location: Irlam

    Here's a report from Charles Gape of Rushall Vicarage, Scole, Norfolk from the 15th of July 1875 on what could be a Victorian observation of blue jet lightning.

    "On Friday evening, June 25th, between 9 and 10 o'clock, I observed in the ESE, very frequent flashes, or rather very narrow streaks of a pale blue colour keep darting from the earth towards the heavens, something like those of an Aurora Borealis. The day had been rather dull, hot and close and there had been distan thunder. I merely went out to see if I could discern any sheet lightning , but saw the above instead. In the ESE, it was rather dark, but overhead and everywhere else it clear and starry. I have examined local papers and made enquiries and can not find there were any firework displays at all. The appearance did not at all resemble fireworks, but seemed much more like some meteoric disturbance."

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